Emily Reese Feature Archive

Composer Dale North was inspired by games from the late '80s and early '90s for his score to Dragon Fantasy Book II. (02/27/2014)
Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote about 90 minutes of music for a play called 'Peer Gynt'. He later extracted some of the music to create orchestral suites. These suites contain some of Grieg's most joyful -- and sorrowful -- music. (02/24/2014)
Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen was already an established composer in the gaming industry when he wrote the theme for Angry Birds. (02/20/2014)
Peter McConnell teamed up with Tim Schafer and Double Fine Studios for a gem of a score for "Broken Age". McConnell talks to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score. (02/13/2014)
Gustav Holst wrote his epic suite for orchestra, The Planets, from 1914 to 1916. Hear the unique aspects of each movement on Learning to Listen. (02/10/2014)
Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score. (02/06/2014)
This Friday night, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to a newly renovated Orchestra Hall after a 15-month lockout, led by Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Learn about the 10 principal conductors from throughout the 111-year history of the Orchestra on this week's Learning to Listen. (02/03/2014)
Composers Kenny Young and Brian D'Oliveira collaborated on music for the game 'Tearaway'. They are Emily Reese's guests on this week's episode of Top Score. (01/30/2014)
When Brian Min wrote music for 'The Cave,' he never meant for that music to stay in the game. We're glad it did. (01/23/2014)
Composer Benjamin Wallfisch splits his time between writing music for movies and music for the concert hall. His latest film project, 'Summer in February', features pianist Yuja Wang, along with solo violin and cello. The 'Summer in February' soundtrack comes out today, ahead of Friday's U.S. theatrical release of the film. (01/14/2014)
Today on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR, hear the story of Scheherazade, a symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. (01/13/2014)
There were so many great soundtracks for games in 2013, our Top 5 list was just the tip of the iceberg. (01/09/2014)
Professor Stephen Walsh of Cardiff University joins Learning to Listen to discuss five Russian composers known as The Mighty Handful. (01/06/2014)
Of all the great music to emerge from video games in 2013, one soundtrack comes out on top. (01/02/2014)
The Strauss family of Vienna wrote some of the most famous dance music in the world. Learn about the eldest and his three sons on today's Learning to Listen. (12/30/2013)